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Rangers v East Stirling match report

Rangers 3 East Stirling 1: Little double puts Gers another win closer to title

By
Adam Shergold

PUBLISHED:

13:55 GMT, 2 March 2013

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UPDATED:

13:55 GMT, 2 March 2013

Rangers fought back from a half-time deficit to beat East Stirlingshire 3-1 and move another win closer to the Third Division title.

Two days after confirmation the club would not be stripped of five Premier League titles, they moved closer to another accolade and now require just five more wins to secure the championship.

Ibrox was in a buoyant mood as a result, but there were a few nerves jangling when Andy Stirling gave the visitors the lead five minutes before half-time.

However, normal service was resumed after the break, with a double from Andrew Little and another from Lee McCulloch earning a comfortable win.

Rangers now have a 23-point lead at the summit.

Full report and match pics to follow


Double strike: Andrew Little scored twice for Rangers in the win over East Stirling

Double strike: Andrew Little scored twice for Rangers in the win over East Stirling

Match Facts

Rangers: Alexander, Argyriou, Hegarty, Emilson Cribari, Wallace, Naismith (McKay 65), Black, Hutton, Templeton (Aird 90+1), Little, McCulloch (Hemmings 86)

Substitutes not used: Gallagher, Faure

Scorer: Little 50, 62; McCulloch 61

East Stirlingshire: Hay, Shepherd (Gillespie 68), Miller, Buchanan, Maxwell, Turner, Greenhill, Hunter, Stirling, Quinn (Zufle 75), Glasgow

Substitutes not used: Gordon, Wright, Benton

Bookings: Turner, Gillespie, Buchanan

Scorer: Stirling 40

Referee: Brian Colvin (Scotland)

Attendance: 44,534

Rio Ferdinand expected to follow Ryan Giggs and sign Manchester United contract extension

Ferdinand set to follow Giggs in signing new United contract despite interest from the States and Far East

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Old guard: Rio Ferdinand (left) is likely to join Ryan Giggs in signing a contract extension at Manchester United

Old guard: Rio Ferdinand (left) is likely to join Ryan Giggs in signing a contract extension at Manchester United

Ferdinand seems more likely to sign yet so far, the 34-year-old has still to commit himself, amid rumours of interest from the US, China and the cash-rich Far East.

However, Ferguson is confident Ferdinand will remain at Old Trafford.

'That is a strong possibility,' he said. 'It would have to happen before the end of the season.'

Ferdinand is managing a long-standing back complaint and his performances this season suggest he still has a major role to play with the Red Devils, even if England boss Roy Hodgson is not interested.

He is virtually certain to be involved against Real Madrid on Tuesday, when United look to secure their place in the Champions League quarter-finals.

Stalwart: Ferdinand joined United in 2002 and has been a regular since

Stalwart: Ferdinand joined United in 2002 and has been a regular since

'I think he has had a great season,' said Ferguson.

'He has managed himself the right way and we have contributed to that in the preparation we give him.

'He doesn't play every game in the same way that Ryan doesn't play every game.

'But in terms of key matches he has been absolutely brilliant.

'Two weeks ago, against Real Madrid, he was excellent so we need to get him ready for the big one on Tuesday.'

Brendan Rodgers arrives at court to support son Anton charged with sexual assault and voyeurism

Liverpool boss Rodgers arrives in court to support son charged with sexual assault and voyeurism

By
Paul Collins

PUBLISHED:

13:31 GMT, 21 January 2013

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UPDATED:

13:50 GMT, 21 January 2013

Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers was at the Old Bailey today as his son Anton arrived to face trial accused of sexual assault and voyeurism.

The offences are alleged to have taken place at the Jury’s Inn hotel in Brighton, East Sussex, in July 2011.

Brighton and Hove Albion players Rodgers, 19, Lewis Dunk, 21, George Barker, 21, and former team-mate Steve Cook, 21, who now plays for Bournemouth, deny the charges.

Trial: Anton Rodgers has arrived at the Old Bailey on charges of sexual assault and voyeurism

Trial: Anton Rodgers has arrived at the Old Bailey on charges of sexual assault and voyeurism

Trial: Anton Rodgers has arrived at the Old Bailey on charges of sexual assault and voyeurism

Trial: Anton Rodgers has arrived at the Old Bailey on charges of sexual assault and voyeurism

The players are alleged to have assaulted a woman at the hotel. Rodgers, Barker and Cook are on bail.

The trial is not due to open in front of a jury until tomorrow.

Strolling: Rodgers walks to the court

Anton Rodgers, 19

Brighton defender Ben Sampayo, 19, has been told no further action will be taken against him over the alleged incident after he was arrested.

A sixth player, Seagulls midfielder Tommy Elphick, 24, was released without charge following the original arrests in January.

The charges come after a four-month investigation by Sussex Police.

Chris Wood will sign for Leicester for 1.5m

Foxes snare 1.5m West Brom hitman Wood to aid promotion push

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UPDATED:

17:10 GMT, 27 December 2012

Leicester have won the battle to sign Chris Wood after
agreeing a 1.5million deal with West Brom for the free-scoring New Zealand
striker.

Wood has been in prolific form during a loan spell with
Millwall, who were anxious to turn his temporary stay into a permanent transfer and were competing with Leicester, Huddersfield and several other
clubs for his signature.

But the 21-year old has opted for Championship promotion
chasers Leicester and will be confirmed as a Foxes’ player shortly.

Goal machine: Chris Wood has been in fine fettle for Milwall

Goal machine: Chris Wood has been in fine fettle for Milwall

Leicester manager Nigel Pearson bemoaned his side’s lack of
a cutting edge after seeing them follow a 1-0 home defeat by Cardiff with a
goalless draw at Hull on Boxing Day.

He was adamant that the addition of more firepower could
prove vital to their promotion prospects and admitted he was hopeful of a
transfer breakthrough in the next few days.

Though he played down speculation
that he was closing in on Wood, the burly West Brom target man was always his
main priority and is now heading to the East Midlands to bolster Leicester’s
promotion push.

Rio Ferdinand may leave Manchester United in 2013

Ferdinand could leave United in 2013 with interest from US and Middle East

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UPDATED:

23:47 GMT, 17 December 2012

Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand will decide on his football future in the new year.

Ferdinand is expected to be offered a one-year extension to the United contract that runs out in the summer after overcoming back problems to play regularly for the last 18 months.

However, the 34-year-old has interest from the Middle East and America and is attractive to other clubs in the Barclays Premier League as well.

On his way Rio Ferdinand may leave Manchester United in 2013

On his way Rio Ferdinand may leave Manchester United in 2013

Ferdinand has not given any indication about whether he will stay at Old Trafford or continue his career at all, despite United manager Sir Alex Ferguson stating publicly that he hopes he will delay his retirement.

It is understood that the veteran defender wants to see how his body copes with the rigours of the winter programme before making a decision.

Ray Winstone: West Ham MUST get Olympic Stadium

Ray Winstone: Why West Ham MUST be handed the keys to the Olympic Stadium…Hollywood actor writes exclusively for Sportsmail'Common sense must prevail', says The Sweeney star
London Legacy Development Corporation to decide on Wednesday

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UPDATED:

14:48 GMT, 4 December 2012

EXCLUSIVE

Ray Winstone

As the decision over the future of the Olympic Stadium edges ever closer, one of West Ham’s most famous fans has called for the east London club to be named as the anchor tenants of the venue.

Hollywood actor Ray Winstone has pleaded for ‘common sense to prevail’ as the Hammers wait to find out who will be named as the preferred bidder by the London Legacy Development Corporation (LLDC) on Wednesday.

The Premier League club are up against League One side Leyton Orient, a football business college and a group keen to bring Formula One racing to the Olympic Park.

But Winstone exclusively tells Sportsmail there can only be one winner…

I was born in Hackney and spent my early years living in Plaistow so I grew up in the area where the Olympics Games were held. I loved living in east London and we are a special bunch of people where community spirit and passion form a major part of who we are.

But I’ve watched how the area has changed over time and know only too well that it has needed rejuvenation for many, many years.

The fun and games of the Olympics are over now and we have a golden opportunity to really change the perception of the area and put the pride back in east London.

Decision time: The future of the Olympic Stadium is set to be decided

Decision time: The future of the Olympic Stadium is set to be decided

Like most other East Enders, I’m a lifelong supporter of West Ham United and I feel so passionately about my club and the area I grew up in that wanted to share my thoughts on how I think the Olympic Stadium can be used to help make that change.

As many people know, the club are currently going through the process of trying to become tenants at the Stadium, a process that could be concluded soon.

I keep hearing this word ‘legacy’ but I think it’s been overused to the point where people don’t really know what it means. For me, the word legacy is simply about what we are going to leave for our future generations.

I remember when I was a boy my Dad used to take me to the cinema in east London every Wednesday and I used to watch the actors on the big screen and thought ‘I want to do what that geezer does’. It’s exactly the same for the kids around us today. We need to give them something to aspire to.

West Ham’s Vice-Chairman Karren Brady has said that if the club are chosen, they are determined to create an arena that can be used for athletics, football and the community. This means that young kids will be able to follow in my footsteps and see their idols and role models up close every week, while also getting involved in skills coaching that the West Ham community department provide. It’s the perfect match.

Grand plans: West Ham's Vice-Chairman Karren Brady (R) has said that if the club are chosen, they are determined to create an arena that can be used for athletics, football and the community

Grand plans: West Ham's Vice-Chairman Karren Brady (R) has said that if the club are chosen, they are determined to create an arena (below) that can be used for athletics, football and the community

Artists impression of what the Olympic Stadium would look like should West Ham be handed the keysArtists impression of what the Olympic Stadium would look like should West Ham be handed the keys

For me and for thousands of other East Londoners, the one consistent focal point of the area is our football team. I think the club have something like half a million supporters in East London and Essex.

As the population of London has expanded, people who were born and bred in east London have slowly started to move out into places like Essex. But the main reason we have for coming back is West Ham United; it’s our roots and it’s about where we are from. It’s in our blood from the day we’re born.

So I think the fitting legacy for this area and the rest of the country would be to allow West Ham United to help fulfil the dreams of the people of East London and become tenants of the Olympic Stadium.

Yes it would bring a great future for the club, but more importantly it would rejuvenate the area as well.

The prestige of having a Premier League club playing in that Stadium would keep the focus of the world on Stratford for generations and long after the memories of the summer’s spectacular sporting moments have faded away.

Legacy: After the success of the 2012 Olympics, athletics will play an important part in the stadium's future - but so can West Ham, argues Winstone

Legacy: After the success of the London 2012 Olympics (above and below), athletics will play an important part in the stadium's future – but so can West Ham, argues Winstone

Celebration: The London 2012 Olympics were an enormous success earlier this year

Although athletics must have a future at the stadium, a key question for me is ‘Do we want to see the Olympic Stadium used maybe once or twice every six months by just having athletics there’. I certainly don’t. Having West Ham there would bring tens of thousands of people from all over the country to the Olympic Park every other week and keep that lively atmosphere we saw during the summer.

It would also bring new jobs to the area, not just working at the Stadium, but also the surrounding areas. The club alone have promised to create over 700 new positions.

People will want to bring their businesses back, which will rejuvenate this area. If you go around some parts of east London at the moment all you see are shops that are closed and people having to go somewhere else to find a job. I think that West Ham moving into that stadium would help bring some of that buzz back.

Hammer time: West Ham want to leave their Upton Park home behind to start a new, exciting era in Stratford

Hammer time: West Ham want to leave their Upton Park (below) home to start a new, exciting era in Stratford

Moving on West Ham want to leave Upton Park for a the Olympic Stadium

On the football side, it would be good for the club and it would attract great players who would want to play in a great stadium. It is the way forward for West Ham. The way the club has been run over the past two years by the people who run it proves they are more than capable of taking West Ham into that Stadium and turning them into a very successful club both on and off the field. They also genuinely care about East London.

We are not Liverpool or Man United but we are a big club with a proud history. We won the World Cup by the way. We are a famous name, a name that hasn’t been realised to its full potential yet, but I think at last we are in good hands to realise that potential. Being offered the chance to play in the Olympic Stadium would be the icing on the cake.

It's time for common sense to prevail.

'Common sense must prevail': The Sweeney and Sexy Beast star believes West Ham are the only option to occupy the stadium

'Common sense must prevail': The Sweeney and Sexy Beast (below) star says West Ham are the only option

Living the dream: Sexy Beast star Winstone hopes West Ham will move to Stratford

Rangers 3 Elgin 0: Match Report

Rangers 3 Elgin 0: Kyle breaks his Ibrox duck as McCoist's men ease into Scottish Cup fifth round

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UPDATED:

16:20 GMT, 2 December 2012

Kevin Kyle claimed his first Ibrox goal as Rangers dumped Elgin City from the William Hill Scottish Cup with a comfortable win.

Dean Shiels and Kal Naismith were also on the scoresheet to help ensure safe passage into the fifth round of the competition.

Both clubs would have welcomed the opportunity simply to play this match after last week's Irn-Bru Third Division encounter was postponed when it emerged Elgin had sold too many tickets for the visit of Ally McCoist's men.

That'll do it: Rangers' Kevin Kyle celebrates scoring his sides second goal

That'll do it: Rangers' Kevin Kyle celebrates scoring his sides second goal

Rangers named an unchanged side from their last game, a win over East Stirling, for today's clash in front of a crowd of 23,195.

David Templeton and Francisco Sandaza were both on the bench after lengthy spells on the sidelines through injury, while fit-again youngster Darren Cole was also among the substitutes for the first time this season.

The match was less than two minutes old when Rangers had the ball in the back of the net through Kyle.

But he was denied the opener by the offside flag and the decision looked like it may have been harsh on the striker.

Blocked: Rangers' Barrue McKay sees his shot on goal saved

Blocked: Rangers' Barrue McKay sees his shot on goal saved

A minute of applause rang around the stadium in the 2nd minute in support of Light Blues legend Sandy Jardine who is being treated for cancer.

Rangers continued to threaten and the lively Barrie McKay surged into the box from the left before teeing up the shot for Kyle but he connected awkwardly in front of goal and the chance was lost.

At the other end, Neil Alexander was called into action to block an angled drive from Craig Gunn.

The home side still looked the more likely to find the back of the net and Shiels stung the palms of goalkeeper John Gibson with a powerful shot.

Job done: Kevin Kyle (2nd left) celebrates his goal with team mates (frm left) Andrew Little, Dean Shiels, Darren Cole and Lee McCulloch

Job done: Kevin Kyle (2nd left) celebrates his goal with team mates (frm left) Andrew Little, Dean Shiels, Darren Cole and Lee McCulloch

Gibson was called into action again moments later, this time to tip wide an impressive 30-yard effort from Ian Black.

With half-time approaching and the match still deadlocked, Lee Wallace burst past Jamie Duff down the left flank before cutting back for Kyle but he fired wide.

Shiels finally had the net bulging two minutes before the break with a shot from a tight angle that fell across the goalkeeper and nestled in the far bottom corner.

Elgin were not too far away shortly after the re-start when Stuart Leslie rifled into the side netting after collecting a teasing ball across the face of goal.

In the draw: Dean Shiels celebrates his goal

In the draw: Dean Shiels celebrates his goal

Kyle then squandered the chance to double Rangers' lead when he met a McKay cross only to see his header flash wide of the upright.

Black had required treatment for a knock earlier in the game and, clearly still struggling, was replaced by Cole on the hour-mark.

Cole immediately set up Andy Little for a diving header that was off target, before Shiels was prevented from claiming his second of the day by an impressive block from Gibson.

But the goalkeeper was picking the ball out of the net after 69 minutes when Kyle rose above everyone in the box to connect with a McKay corner and nod past the grasp of Gibson.

Only a great save from Alexander prevented Sean Crighton from pulling a goal back for Elgin, before Templeton was thrown into the action with just under 20 minutes to go.

McKay was denied by the woodwork when his deflected effort crashed off the post, before substitute Naismith put the gloss on the win when he slotted past Gibson with 85 minutes on the clock, seconds after replacing Kyle.

Estonia international Oliver Konsa arrested on suspicion of dealing cocaine

Estonia international striker Konsa arrested on suspicion of dealing cocaine

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UPDATED:

15:42 GMT, 13 November 2012

Arrested: Oliver Konsa and three others were taken into custody on Monday on suspicion of dealing cocaine

Arrested: Oliver Konsa and three others were taken into custody on Monday on suspicion of dealing cocaine

Estonia international Oliver Konsa has been arrested on suspicion of dealing cocaine ahead of his country's friendlies in the Middle East.

The striker, who plays for Estonian champions JK Nomme Kalju, was arrested on Monday along with three others suspected of distributing the drug.

The 27-year-old has been capped 20 times for Estonia, but did not make the squad for his country’s friendlies against Oman and the United Arab Emirates this month.

Nomme Kalju suspended the player immediately after Konsa’s arrest for allegedly dealing the Class A drug.

The club’s sporting director Sergei Terehhov said: 'It is very sad. We are shocked by this news.'

The 6ft striker has only managed to score 12 goals in three seasons at champions Nomme Kalju since joining in 2010.

Multiple: Konsa, who plays as a striker, has been capped 20 times by Estonia

Multiple: Konsa, who plays as a striker, has been capped 20 times by Estonia

Sunderland employ James McClean minder to keep him out of trouble

Sunderland try to keep McClean out of trouble… by employing his best friend as a minder!

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UPDATED:

08:36 GMT, 25 October 2012

Having caused quite a stir with his controversial tweets, Sunderland have come up with the best way to handle James McClean – employing his best friend to keep an eye on him.

Next month, Eugene Ferry will fly into the north-east of England to start his new role of keeping his long-time friend away from his Twitter account and out of the media for the wrong reasons.

Both Giovanni Trapattoni and Martin O’Neill have failed to do just that, but Ferry insists the Republic of Ireland winger will listen to someone that he knows he can trust.

Tripping up: James McClean (left) has found trouble over his Twitter comments

Tripping up: James McClean (left) has found trouble over his Twitter comments

After next month’s FAI Ford Cup final, Derry City back-up keeper Ferry will quit his job in a local bar and move in with McClean. But what exactly does the 24-year-old have to do

‘Keep him off his phone…and on the straight and narrow. Just keep his head and to stop writing those stupid comments [on Twitter],’ explained Ferry.

‘When he is writing that stuff he is on his own, he doesn’t say it to anyone. If he did they would tell him to wise up and sort it out rather than being ridiculed in the media.

‘The agents are all at the business end, but I think he would rather hear from one of his mates, to be honest. We speak honestly to each other. If he’s crap, I’ll tell him he’s crap.’

While McClean’s impact at Sunderland has been impressive, his tweet about Ireland’s poor display in Kazakhstan and receiving death treats have made the Premier League club worry.

That is why a role is being found for Ferry, who will work with the club’s African foundation as well as doing some coaching, while keeping his friend out of trouble.

‘[I’ll be] just trying to help him out. Last year, he was over [in Derry] a lot. He could have lived here and just flown back for training in the morning, that’s how often he was back,’ said Ferry.

‘But now, he’s a bit more settled and with me moving over hopefully he hits a wee bit of form and pushes on again. James agreed that it would help him settle down a bit more if one of his mates moved over.’

Richard Hughes wins seven of eight at Windsor

Seventh heaven! Hughes claims string of Windsor wins at odds of 10,168-1

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UPDATED:

17:59 GMT, 15 October 2012

Red riding: Richard Hughes won seven of his eight races at Windsor on Monday

Red riding: Richard Hughes won seven of his eight races at Windsor on Monday

Richard Hughes rode his way into the racing record books with his own fantastic 10,168-1 seven-timer at Windsor on Monday.

The 39-year-old jockey, who is on the verge of his first championship, won on all but one of his mounts to become the first jockey to ride seven winners at a meeting since Frankie Dettori's Magnificent Seven at Ascot on September 28, 1996.

Hughes said: 'I'm over the moon. I always thought I might do it one day at Windsor – my lucky track. It’s one thing after another this year, it’s been great.'

HUGHES' SEVEN WINNERS

Pivotal Movement 13-8

East Texas Red 5-2

Embankment 7-1

Magic Secret 4-1

Links Drive Lady 5-2

Duke Of Clarence 7-4

Mama Quilla 15-8

Hughes, who has ridden 161 winners this season, leads nearest title race pursuer William Buick by a massive 47 wins.

His winning roll started with
three-and-a quarter length success of Pivotal Movement in the colours of
Sir Alex Ferguson and trained by his boss and father-in-law Richard
Hannon, who supplied three of his winners.

The opportunity to go through the
eight-race card was blown when Ever Fortune could only finish third in
race six – the mile handicap.

But the Irishman was back in the
winner’s enclosure with a rallying effort on Hannon’s Duke of Clarence
before Ryan Moore stood down to allow his friend to pick up the
successful mount on William Haggas-trained Mama Quilla in the final
race.

Hughes celebrated with his own (less flamboyant) version of the Dettori flying dismount.

Bookmakers bemoaned the result but said the day was nowhere near as financially damaging as Dettori's 20,095-1 achievement which cost the industry 40million.

David Williams of Ladbrokes, who said
one client had won almost 250,000 for a 256 Hughes-related bet, said:
‘It would be wrong to liken it to Dettori day which was a Saturday with
terrestrial TV coverage but we have not had as bleak a midweek day for
a long time.’

'That was probably the cheapest
seven-timer ever for the bookies,' said William Hill spokesperson, Kate
Miller. 'The last time a high-profile jockey rode a big seven-timer it
cost us 7million, so we're very grateful that Richard timed his on a
quiet Monday.

'We'll pay out around 100,000 but the figure could easily have been 10 times that if he'd chosen this Saturday instead.'

The record for winners at a meeting
outside of Britain is held by US jockey Eddie Castro, who rode nine from
11 mounts at Calder in 2005.